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#1
I'm about to finish college and I want to get my first tattoo, maybe two. I love music and am very involved with radio and producing my own rock show on a radio station. I'm thinking about getting maybe two tattoos that represent the music I like, such as a band. I figure that this tattoo would mean something special to me rather than getting just a piece of random artwork.

Do tattoos that can be seen or partially seen decrease your chances of being hired? Obviously I'm going to look for jobs after I graduate, but I just don't want to get this tattoo and then find out various employers find tattoos distasteful and have someone's tattoo sway their decision on hiring me.

What do you all think?
#3
It depends what job and where on your body the tattoo is.
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#5
Though it is circumstantial, unfortunately, more often than not if they are blatantly visible.
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#6
I'd say wait on getting the tattoo until after getting the job. I myself have been employed by managers/supervisors who have their own but I always ask beforehand if I need to cover mine up (on my left wrist). Some don't even care as long as it's not something offensive.
#7
This is why most reputable artists don't let clients get tattoo's in hard to cover areas and also the reason why many people's first tattoos are on their torso or shoulder. Easily covered with a shirt. Out of sight, out of mind. Shouldn't hurt any chances of getting a job.

Also chances are that jobs you're working that find it acceptable to show your shoulder/torso area probably wouldn't have problems with tattoos.
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#9
Tattoos make "professional" people think that you're a "punk" and don't take directions well. You might as well wear a shirt that says "don't hire me".
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Tattoos make "professional" people think that you're a "punk" and don't take directions well. You might as well wear a shirt that says "don't hire me".

Thanks for the quotes around professional.
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#11
Oh, one major exception is the cooking industry. The more tats you have, the more successful you are as a chef.
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#12
Yes, unless you're looking to be a pirate or a meth dealer.
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Thanks for the quotes around professional.
I hate that ****ing facade white collar workers put up.


It's unfortunate but is likely to continue for many years to come
#15
Do you know what you call tattoo's that can be covered by a TShirt?

They are called, "I can still get a Job Tattoo's."
#17
Getting a full neck/arm tattoo = no job. A treble clef on your shoulder = a job.
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#18
It depends on who you are working with, but for the most part, you are going to have trouble if you have anything past the elbow. For the most part, as long as it can be covered by a T shirt, you should be okay.
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#19
No, cover your face in swastikas and watch the six-figure job offers roll in.
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#21
It's not nearly as big of a deal as it used to be. Depends entirely on the tattoo and the employer. Wouldn't want to work for someone who placed whether I have a tattoo above my credentials and experience anyway...

Unless appearance is a very crucial aspect of the position, declining someone just for having a tattoo is stupid. Obviously you can go overboard, but 1-2 tattoos that actually mean something should be fine. Anyone who has a problem with it is a prude who probably isn't running a great business based on their hiring methods. In other words, you probably don't want to work there.
#22
Get whatever tattoos you want, however get them where you can cover them up. I've got many tattoos but if I wear a long sleve shirt and long pants you could never tell.
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It's not nearly as big of a deal as it used to be. Depends entirely on the tattoo and the employer. Wouldn't want to work for someone who placed whether I have a tattoo above my credentials and experience anyway...


This.

I mean, I'm pretty sure more potential employers would take you more seriously if you have a few non-offensive works of body art and a decent CV/Resume, than they would if you rocked up to an interview reeking of weed/booze, and a shitty attitude.
#25
On average, people who have tattoos just seem more unreliable, aggressive, or untrustworthy. That's my first instinct and I'm sure it's not uncommon. But it's just that, the initial instinct.

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#26
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It's not nearly as big of a deal as it used to be.


That's completely true, but it's still a pretty darn big deal and yes, overall it lessens your chance of employment for the majority of positions. It might be silly or wrong, but that's how it is.

Tattoos still represent counter culture and criminality even if lots of mainstream, non-criminal people get them every day. The connotation isn't gone and HR people, like everyone else, carry that in the back of their mind whether they're consciously aware of it or not.
#27
It's getting a lot better, but they still definitely are a negative factor in seeking employment in a tax-paying job.
#28
I'd say it depends largely on the type of the tattoo too.

If it's offensive, les likely to get a job. If you're that douche with the huge tribal tattoo or babred wire around your arm, also less likely to get a job.

I find a lot of people with tattoos are actually super friendly and great people. Go to a tattoo studio and you'll see what I mean.

The only time I connect tattoos with the person being "unreliable, aggressive, or untrustworthy. " is when it's the tribal crap, barbed wire, southern crosses, all that stupid shit.
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Do you know what you call tattoo's that can be covered by a TShirt?

They are called, "I can still get a Job Tattoo's."

+1 for the fallout avatar...

edit: In a lot of cases, you want a real job, don't get tattoos a short sleeve shirt can't cover.
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#30
Depends on if it's dedicated to your mom or not.
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#32
Coming from a person that really likes tattoos I would strongly advise against a band tattoo.

Since you're concerned about if it will stop you from getting a job just place tats where your clothes conceal them.
#33
If you're concerned about that then get them where they can easily be covered by a T shirt. My dad has full sleeves and he can get work (he drives a truck, so that might be why it's not too hard for him) and my mom could probably get work if she could be cleared medically. I plan on getting quite a few, but I will be getting them in places that can be covered up until I'm able to find a job where it doesn't matter/I have to dress professionally and it can be covered by long sleeve shirts or a suit.
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On average, people who have tattoos just seem more unreliable, aggressive, or untrustworthy. That's my first instinct and I'm sure it's not uncommon. But it's just that, the initial instinct.


This is gonna cause some controversy..

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This is gonna cause some controversy..



He used the words "seem" and "on average." I don't see what's controversial about that at all. The average person with a visible tattoo is going to initially seem that way to the average employer. It's not a value judgment about anyone's character, it's an observation about common perceptions.
#38
It 98% of cases: yes.

I sort've argued with the interviewer when I applied for the job I have now. Initially he was basically showing me the door (not in a rude way, because he had to) because it didn't "fit in with company values" or something similar.

I proceeded to argue that: a) when I'm wearing a business shirt, they're not visible.

b) I'm not customer facing, so the only people who see me are my colleagues, hence the businesses image remains untarnished.

and c) it's not like I'm going to parade around in a tank top during the very few client meetings we actually have, so once more, the businesses image remains untarnished.

I then proceeded to show him my portfolio, references and qualifications and hey presto! I've been employed for over 18 months and shock, horror, the business is still making money regardless of the tattooed monkey in Software Development

Long and the short is you have to be prepared to state your case once you're the proud owner of a visible tattoo or you will just get swept to the side.

Unfortunately, society still hasn't warmed to this particular type of expression.
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It 98% of cases: yes.

I sort've argued with the interviewer when I applied for the job I have now. Initially he was basically showing me the door (not in a rude way, because he had to) because it didn't "fit in with company values" or something similar.

I proceeded to argue that: a) when I'm wearing a business shirt, they're not visible.

b) I'm not customer facing, so the only people who see me are my colleagues, hence the businesses image remains untarnished.

and c) it's not like I'm going to parade around in a tank top during the very few client meetings we actually have, so once more, the businesses image remains untarnished.

I then proceeded to show him my portfolio, references and qualifications and hey presto! I've been employed for over 18 months and shock, horror, the business is still making money regardless of the tattooed monkey in Software Development

Long and the short is you have to be prepared to state your case once you're the proud owner of a visible tattoo or you will just get swept to the side.

Unfortunately, society still hasn't warmed to this particular type of expression.


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#40
Get your postcode tattooed on your forehead.
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